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Scorpion Control Phoenix / Scottsdale – How to get rid of scorpions around your home

Here in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area Scorpion control is a constant necessity for homeowners and always a huge portion of what pest control companies deal with on a daily basis. We are always getting calls from frightened people finding scorpions in their homes. Sometimes these folks have been stung and can’t stand the idea of having that happen again.

Scorpions are the Al Capone of the Pest world. They are scary, hard to kill or catch and they can really put the hurt on you! Over the decade I have been involved in the industry I have developed a lot of ways of dealing with these nasty critters and in this article I’m going to share some of my “Tricks of the Trade’ with you.

There are six main ways that I go about dealing with Scorpion infestations:

 

  • Baiting to Eliminate Scorpion’s Food Source
  • Flushing the Foundation
  • Flushing Cracks and Crevices
  • Treating Block Fence Columns
  • Treating Around the Bases of Trees that Scorpions Like
  • Rotating Products Used to Prevent Resistance

Let’s go over Each one Briefly.

 

Baiting to Eliminate Scorpion’s Food Source

Usually the first thing I do after meeting with my customer to get all the information I can about the infestation and inspecting the property is to use a granular bait.

This has two effects. First, it eliminates the bugs that usually eat the bait, specifically Crickets, Ants and Roaches. Second, it eliminates the scorpion’s food source, specifically crickets and roaches.

Scorpions usually only eat live food so they won’t eat the bait themselves, but they eat the bugs that eat the bait and this can be effective too. If a scorpion eats a cricket or roach that has eaten the bait but hasn’t died yet that scorpion can be affected by the bait as well. This is why we call our strategy the “Bait First” approach.

 

Flushing the Foundation

Spraying or Flushing the foundation of the home is one of the most important parts of a scorpion service. The spray used is usually a repellent product so it so it makes approaching your home unpleasant. It also makes it a deadly place for a scorpion to hang out.

When flushing the foundation I always angle the nozzle of my sprayer up a bit in order to get as much as possible behind the weep screed. This gap is often hangout for crickets and since we know scorpions love to eat crickets, we know that we will kill a bunch of scorpions while we are at it.

Also, Scorpions that eat crickets or other critters that have spent time in a treated area will end up ingesting the product, killing them from the inside out, which will kill them a lot faster than waiting for it to kill them from the outside in.

 

Flushing Cracks and Crevices

Flushing cracks and crevices is a very important part of any scorpion control program. Scorpions love tight spaces that hold moisture and are protected from the sun and anything that might want to harm them, like us.

The most common cracks are racks between cement slabs like the one just outside your back door, cracks between bricks or pavers, crevices in damaged cement slabs, the natural crevice that sometimes occurs between a brick or cement slab and grass. These are usually flushed out with a liquid spray or aerosol but can be treated with dust also.

 

 

Block Fence Columns

I usually flush or otherwise treat the columns of block fences. Specifically the cracks that lead into the voids need to be treated in order to kill anything that would want to live in there.

Sometimes I flush it out with my sprayer, but periodically I may use an aerosol and I recommend using a pesticide dust once a year in the fence columns because it makes the inside of the columns very inhospitable.

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Bases of Trees

I like to spray around the bases of trees, especially trees that scorpions prefer, like Mesquites, Palo Verdes, Sycamores, Cottonwoods, and of course Palms. This makes getting onto or off of the tree a difficult task for a scorpion that wants to stay alive.

Like I always say, they don’t call them Bark Scorpions because they sound like a dog!

 

Product Rotation

I try to avoid using the same products to treat for scorpions over and over. This can accomplish two things.

First, It prevents the scorpions in your area from becoming resistant to the particular product. This can become a big problem for the so-called “Spray and Pray” approach to pest control where huge areas are sprayed with the same watered down pesticide month after month.

Second, it provides another mode of killing the scorpions. Different pesticides attack bug’s in totally different ways so it makes sense to have multiple methods of control. One pesticide may dehydrate the scorpion while another may shut down the sodium receptors in their cells.

 

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bed Bugs – Bed Bug Treatment – Phoenix / Scottsdale Area Pest Control – NaturZone Pest Control

Here in the Phoenix / Scottsdale area Bed Bug control is is a never-ending task for pest control companies. At NaturZone Pest control we get daily calls from horrified people with Bed Bug issues.

One of the main concerns folks have is how much preparation will they need to do for their Bed Bug treatment and do we do A, B, or C treatments the way X, W, or Z company does?

In this article I will give you an overview of how we go about treating a Bedroom for Bed Bugs as well as an explanation of how and why we are able to do a thorough treatment, with an unmatched guarantee, with little to no preparation by the homeowner.

You’ll be able to take control of the situation and exile the little blood suckers from your home!

Our strategy based approach is broken down into these 5 steps:

  • Inspection
  • Localized heat treatment
  • Bed isolation and management
  • Treatment and encasement of your bed
  • Appropriate pesticide treatment of your room and home

Notice none of these steps are “Remove everything from your home and bake it in the sun for 12 hours.” or “Nuke the home with the most obnoxious chemicals known to man.” or some of the other crazy treatments out there.

The strategy based approach allows for ease of treatment as well as a much more conservative use of pesticides.

Here’s our owner and Bed Bug Master Bill Stewart giving you a quick look at the approach.

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Lets explore each step a bit.

Inspection

The inspection is very important to any good pest treatment, especially an effective Bed Bug treatment. The inspection allows you to know where your heaviest areas of infestation are. It lets you target the areas that need the most treatment and attention.

What do we look for during an inspection? Of course we look for the critters themselves, but we also look for the tiny pearly white eggs as well as the stains from Bed Bug excrement. These stains are basically blood stains since the entire diet of the bed bug is human blood.

Localized Heat Treatment

Far from the expense and preparation required of whole house heat treatments, a localized heat treatment targets the areas where the Bed Bugs live, usually bed frames. Heat treating instantly kills not only the bed bugs themselves, but also their eggs. Localized heat treating is usually done with a handheld heat gun.

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The heat gun is a very effective way of treating bed frames, even hard to reach spots.

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A bed bug on part of a bed frame that was killed instantly by heat gun treatment.

Bed Isolation and Management

Here you isolate your bed from the rest of the room. Isolating the bed is one of the most important parts of getting control of your bed bug nightmare. The effect is twofold. It prevents the re-infestation of the bed and forces the bed bugs to wander the room looking for a meal, all the while getting the pesticides on them and killing them.

Your bed is isolated by pulling it away from the wall, placing the posts in “interceptors” that Bed Bugs can”t crawl over, and making sure that no linens are touching the floor. This effectively kills the bugs already on the bed and protects your from new ones, which prevents them from multiplying.

Treatment and Encasement of Your Bed

The box springs are usually the biggest target for treatment and encasement, though the mattress is usually treated and encased as well. The folds of fabric on the bottom of the box springs often have bedbugs, eggs and excrement in them. The box springs are treated with a special Bed Bug pesticide and then closed up inside a nylon encasement to kill the bed bugs already on them and to prevent re-infestation.

The mattress is also lightly treated and encased the same way. This prevents the bugs from continuing to make a meal of you and eliminates their potential for multiplying.

Appropriate Pesticide Treatment of Your Room and Home

After all these steps are done the final part of the treatment is to spray a pet and people friendly pesticide in the room and around other areas of the home which have been or could potentially be infested. This treatment is seals the deal.

When bed bugs are isolated from their food source, YOU, they don’t just sit still. They wander the house stupidly and aimlessly searching for food. This is actually a good thing since the more they move around, the more of the pesticide they get on themselves and the faster they die!

This is just a brief overview of an effective Bed Bug treatment and I will go into more depth in future posts.

If you’re having a problem with Bed Bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Scorpion Control Scottsdale – Scorpions in the trees?

Scorpion Control  Scottsdale AZ 

In the Phoenix / Scottsdale,  Arizona area scorpion control is a constant issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.

What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?

In this series I’ll give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, to keep scorpions out of and away from your home.

Scorpions in the Trees?!

Scorpions can play a huge part in scorpion issues in and around your home. After all, they aren’t called Bark scorpions because they go “WOOF”.

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Bark Scorpion

What types of trees do they like?

  • All kinds of Palm trees
  • Mesquites
  • Sycamores
  • Cottonwoods

These types of trees mimic the areas that scorpions like best in the wild.

Scorpion Expert Bill Stewart said; “Scorpions live in the desert and are very well adapted to the hot, dry conditions here. But they, like the rest of us, prefer cool moist areas, which is why, in the wild, they are attracted to riparian areas around washes. creeks and rivers. When we create these types of areas in our yards, we are inviting them onto our property.”

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I’ve noticed over the years of treating for scorpions that they seem to really like the nooks of Palm bark. That’s why I pay close attention to those areas around palm trees when treating.

They also find Cottonwoods, Sycamores, and Mesquites in their favorite places in the wild. These are very common in our yards too. Trees touching or hanging over your home can provide a shortcut into your home, Especially through the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and laundry room.

It almost always causes a huge reduction in the amount of scorpions getting into a home when trees are trimmed away from the house!

Next time I’ll start to give you some of the tricks of the trade where it applies to scorpion control in and around your home!

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

 

 

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Scorpion Control Scottsdale: Block Fences – NaturZone Pest Control

In Scottsdale, Az., scorpion control is a never-ending issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.

What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?

In this series I’ll give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, to keep scorpions out of and away from your home.

Block Fence Columns

If Scorpions were 1930’s gangsters then block fence columns would be the dark back allies and speakeasies of Chicago. Fence columns have everything the Al Capone of scorpions, the Arizona Bark Scorpion, could want in a seedy lair.

  • Fence columns are shaded and covered.
  • They are cool and can retain moisture.
  • They provide hiding spaces which are nearly impenetrable to humans.
  • They provide plenty of food resources in the form of other pests.

A good pest control tech knows this and we do our best to treat them with varying types of treatments. The problem is that many have obstacles.

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Bushy plants should be kept far enough away from the fence, especially the columns, that ideally you can walk behind them, but at least far enough away that the cracks on each side of the columns can be treated.

Sheds or other structures usually pose a problem as well. Not only are they, many times, in the way of the fence columns, but then there’s a barrier to treating under or around the sheds themselves, another hot spot.

Vines on fences. Oh boy! Vines are beautiful, and they sometimes really make the yard, but they also make it near impossible to treat the fence, and they compound the problem by making the hiding spot more shaded, cooler, and even more protected.

If you want to see the scorpion gangsters going in and out of their speakeasy at night, like business is really booming, just go to a property with vines growing all over the fence line.

If you aren’t the one with the green thumb, but your neighbor is the one trying to single handedly replenish the world’s oxygen supply with their landscaping, then by all means, keep your side trimmed to a reasonable level, so as to facilitate the treatment of of the columns, while still having a little bit of pretty hanging over into your yard.

Scorpion expert Bill Stewart says: “Scorpions are naturally attracted to moisture so I like to recommend that folks keep their property as natural as possible but not try to make it a copy of their yard back in Minnesota or Washington state.”

Just keep this in mind, this is the desert, a rather inhospitable place, but if your yard is an oasis in that desert, everybody’s coming to visit. And that may include Capone and his thugs.

Next time we’re going to talk about trees and the role they play.

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Scorpion Control Scottsdale – NaturZone Pest Control

In Scottsdale, Az., scorpion control is a never-ending issue with pest control companies. Here at NaturZone Pest Control, we get calls daily from frantic homeowners who have found scorpions in or around their homes.

What can I do other than hire a pest control company to get rid of scorpions?

In this series I plan to give you several pointers on what you, the homeowner, can do, keep scorpions out of and away from your home.

Landscaping

  • How and what your yard is landscaped with can have a huge impact on the scorpion population on your property. It also determines the effectiveness of your pest control treatment.
  • Some major scorpion hot spots in common landscaping can be:
  • Underneath creeping ground cover plants,
  • Underneath and behind plants that grow against structures like your home, shed or block fence
  • Inside block fence columns that are covered or shaded by plants, especially vines.

Also…plants against your house. This is a big one! When landscaping or re-landscaping your property try to put plants far enough away that when they are fully grown they’re at least a foot or two away from the foundation of your home or other structures. If you already have plants that are growing up against your home or other structures, try to trim them away from the house as far as possible so that treatment can be done behind the plant and specifically against the foundation.

The Foundation 

The foundation of your home is one of the main treatment targets for scorpion control. If plants are growing up against it the problem is twofold.

First, you can’t treat that part of your foundation properly which creates a hole in your defenses against scorpions.

Second, it usually provides a cool moist hiding place for scorpions and other pests to spend the day, and it’s right next to your house!

Plants growing up against other structures are an issue too. They provide an hiding place for scorpions that may not be fully treatable. Also, most folks are hoping for at least some degree of control in their sheds and other structures.

Scorpion expert Bill Stewart says, “Creeping ground cover plants are one of the first things I look for when I get to a new customer’s home. The issue with them is that they’re usually pretty large, and that means a big chunk of your property could be harboring scorpions.

These plants usually have a lot of dead and decaying plant matter under them which holds moisture, making them inviting for all kinds of pests, and the dudes that like to eat those pests! I always recommend, if you really want these plants, to keep them a lot smaller than they are in most yards and to periodically lift them up and rake out the decaying debris.”

Next time I’ll cover block fences, the big bad boogey man of scorpion harborage areas!

If you’re having a problem with scorpions…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NaturZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Jeffrey West.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

Till then, thanks for reading!

Here’s to helping YOU live Pest Free,

Jeffrey

PS. Call 602-476-1088 today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of your home or office!

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Scorpion Control Scottsdale – Naturzone Pest Control

Scorpion control is a serious concern for many homeowners here in the Phoenix, Scottsdale and other areas around Maricopa County.  We at Naturzone Pest Control usually recommend that scorpion elimination is a combination of the thorough, creative pesticide treatments along with some environmental factors.

In this series I (Jeffrey West) plan to give you several pointers on what you can do, in addition to having Naturzone Pest Control perform regular service, so that you can feel safer in your home.

Part one: Eliminate Harborage Areas

Scorpions, like most other pests, like shaded, cool areas where they not only can get away from the sun and weather but also can hunt for their prey. Some of these areas include, but aren’t limited to: Wood piles, wood mulch, any debris pile, stacks of pavers or bricks, ground covering plants, cracks and crevices, and the worst culprit, block fence columns.

Lets start with wood. I like to tell folks that they don’t call them Bark Scorpions because they sound like a dog. These critters love to be in, under, on and around wood. Wood piles without a purpose should be removed completely when possible. Firewood piles should be elevated off of the ground at least a foot so that the area around or under can be treated. Firewood piles should also be as far away from the house as possible and at least a foot or two away from a block fence, shed or other structure.

Stacks of bricks or pavers have been one of the biggest hotspots for scorpions that I’ve found in my ten years in the industry. Use or remove them if possible. That is the most effect way of dealing with them. If that’s not doable then find a way to elevate the stack and store it away from structures so that the area around it can be treated.

Next time we’ll discuss ground cover and other landscaping issues as well as block fences.

PS. Call today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of YOUR home or office – 602-476-1088.

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Termite Treatment Phoenix – Naturzone Pest Control

 

Termite Treatment Phoenix – a video of what our tech saw when they came across a termite tube.

Termite treatments are year-round activities here in Phoenix. Here at Naturzone Pest Control, our technicians are instructed to look and investigate any potential signs of infestation and treat for those if possible. Sometimes they come across termite activity which cannot be treated without being arranged with the home owner. They are instructed to take pictures of the activity (to show them being active).

This video is unfortunately very short but the purpose was to show it being an active termite tube.  As can be seen in this video, when a part of the tube is brushed away, the termites stop crossing the open area but are easily shown as being active.

This approach allows our customer to see the activity and will help prepare for decisions regarding the treatment, which can be a significant financial decision.

If you have a problem with termites…or any other pest…or simply have a question…call NatureZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Bill Stewart, president.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

PS. Call today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of YOUR home or office!

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Bed Bug Treatment Scottsdale – NatureZone Pest Control

Bed Bug infestations in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area have been on the increase for the past 10 years.  At NatureZone Pest Control, we have performed a bed bug treatment in many homes with various degrees of infestation.

The one in this video is one we will remember for a long time.  It was a manufactured home.  The owner did not react to bed bug bites (to show bites you have to be allergic to a protein in the bugs saliva).  This level of an infestation likely took a year to develop and had long since destroyed the appearance of the furniture.

As you can see in this video basically the bugs had fully taken over the room (and house).  Fortunately a simple bed bug treatment strategy and some dedication cleared this all up without any real concerns.

If you have a problem with bed bugs…or any other pest…or simply a question…call NatureZone Pest Control at 602-476-1088 and ask for me, Bill Stewart, president.  I’ll be happy to speak with you anytime.

PS. Call today for a FREE Consultation and FREE 58 Point Pest Analysis of YOUR home or office!